Paredes signed a one-year deal worth $1.2 million with the Chiba Lotte Marines the Japan Times reports. Paredes hit .222/.253/.367 with five home runs in 158 at-bats between the Blue Jays and the Phillies this past season. At age 28 next season, it's possible he could return to MLB if he does well in Japan.
Paredes has elected free agency. Paredes was outrighted off the Phillies' roster last week. He hit .222/.253/.367 with five home runs in 158 at-bats between the Blue Jays and the Phillies this past season. He'll likely have to settle for a minor league contract with a spring training invitation this offseason.
Paredes was outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday. After being claimed off waivers by Philadelphia, Paredes could only muster a .222 batting average over 150 plate appearances, leaving the Phillies no choice but to cast him off the 40-man roster as they develop their younger alternatives. Paredes does have a history of solid contributions as a designated hitter and has some defensive versatility, so there's a decent chance that he could find his way back to the majors in some capacity in 2017.
Paredes will start in left field and bat second in the order Sunday against the Mets. With Roman Quinn (oblique) shut down for the final few games of the season, Paredes has picked up three starts in a row in left field, but it's unlikely to mean much for his long-term outlook with the Phillies organization. Across 163 plate appearances with the Blue Jays and Phillies this season, Paredes has slashed a middling .226/.259/.374.
Paredes went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and three RBI in a 7-6 victory over the Rockies on Sunday. Paredes got the start in left field Sunday and has now started in two of the Phillies' last four games. He may have earned a little more playing time with Sunday's performance, but he is still going to be in a timeshare with Peter Bourjos, Aaron Altherr and Tyler Goeddel in the corner outfield spots. Altherr and Bourjos are expected to see the majority of the playing time.